For some in the audience, Parvana is an all-too familiar character. \"[My sister] Tamanna was the reason I was able to go to school. She was our breadwinner,\" says Omaid Sharifi, co-founder of ArtLords, a Kabul-based group that uses art for social change.
As a married mom who has not worked full-time since my kids were born, I found myself wondering if maybe one reason for the persistence of the husband-breadwinner norm is that some married mothers, like me, prefer the option of being able to work less or not at all, especially while our kids are young. Naturally, in order for us to work less, our husbands must work more.
With her father gone, the storytelling gradually turns into a way Parvana soothes herself in her moments of crises and a way through which she tries to make sense of her older brother's death, which we learn has happened some time ago. The older brother, Suleyman, haunts her story, with his clothes that she wears to pass as a boy, and with his absence as the rightful breadwinner for the family. In that way the film turns into a story about stories and has rightly been, along with a Qatari short film \"1001 Days,\" one of the inspirations for the festival's trailer with the beautiful animated falcon and two children it is flying on its back: \"Some sorrows can change a human being, but story telling can rescue the heart.\" The organizers of the festival have repeated the sentiment on several occasions, saying how important it is for them to be sharing stories with people at a time when their country seems to be isolated from its neighbors.
Parvana, an 11-year-old girl, lives with her family under the iron grip of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban). Decades of war and tyranny have plunged the land into abject poverty, and her amputee father, Nurullah, struggles to make a living as a scribe and street vendor. Though the regime cracks down severely on education and demands complete submission from all women, Parvana and her siblings are lucky to have a learned upbringing from their parents, who raised them to be literate and educated them on the nation's history through stories. Things, however, take a turn for the worse when the Taliban imprisons her father under false charges. Left with no other option, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to be the family's breadwinner and free her father before war engulfs the country once more. 59ce067264